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Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
2004 United States Olympian and Providence, RI’s own Jason “Big Six” Estrada (17-4, 4 KOs) made his return to the heavyweight division a successful one as he easily outpointed journeyman Joseph Rabotte (11-19-1, 3 KOs) over eight rounds on Friday night at the West Warwick Civic Center in West Warwick, RI. The judges scored the bout a perfect shutout for Estrada, 80-71 twice, and 80-72. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Roland Estrada and Big Six Entertainment. All of the bouts were put together by matchmaker Mark Vaz, and all media relations were handled by Ted Panagiotis. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi retained his SA junior featherweight title when he stopped Thabo Sonjica in the fifth round in East London on Friday night. After a sensational start to their rematch, in which Sonjica (55kg) took two counts of eight in the first minute, Sinyabi (54.95kg) had to ward off a courageous fightback from the challenger. Sinyabi, making the seventh defence of his title, turned the tide when another solid one-two combination convinced referee Lulama Mtya to stop the bout after 2 minutes 27 seconds of the fifth round. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Amir Khan defends his junior welter titles against Lamont Peterson in his opponent’s backyard of Washington DC, with HBO televising. Khan is a big favourite and he looks just too fast, too talented and too athletic for Peterson even though the challenger is a game and capable fighter. My first thoughts were that Khan would use his jab, fire off bursts of punches and box his way to a wide win on the scorecards. With the fight getting closer, though, I am not so sure that Peterson will be able to get through the 12 rounds. Khan looked tremendous at the weigh-in — big and muscular — and he talks of putting on an impressive show as he heads towards super-stardom and a potential megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentinian super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse scored a fourth round KO over compatriot Sergio Omar Priotti on Friday night at the Cycling Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After winning in a comprehensive and clear fashion, Matthysse will seek a world championship fight in 2012. Matthysse’s only defeats have been controversial decisions against former world champions Zab Judah and Devon Alexander.
Flyweight Glen Donaire (18-4-1, 10 KOs) derailed the comeback of former WBO minimumweight champion Alex “El Nene” Sánchez (31-8-1, 21 KOs) Vs on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Returning after a four year layoff, the 38-year-old Sanchez was knocked down twice in round two by Donaire, the brother of world champion Nonito Donaire. After taking more punishment from Donaire in the following rounds, Sanchez didn’t come out for round nine. It seemed Sanchez suffered an injury to his left wrist.
Unbeaten super featherweight Luis Franco (12-0, 8 KOs) stopped Leopoldo Gonzalez (11-5-1, 7 KOs) with a brutal assault in round two.
Report and photo by Brett Bonetti
Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (37-3 -1, 24 KOs) defeated a game Virgil Kalakoda (25-7-3) from South Africa via majority decision to claim the PABA & Pan African Middleweight Titles at the WA Italian Club, North Perth, Australia tonight. Dawson and Kalakoda fought to an entertaining draw in July this year and Dawson was determined to be victorious this time round. In a tough fight to score, Dawson started the fight well and took majority of the early rounds landing the cleaner blows. But in Round 7, Kalakoda hurt Dawson with a good body shot to get himself back in the fight as Dawson seemed to be tiring. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin won impressively by first round KO against Lajuan Simon to defend his title for the third time and also captured the vacant IBO belt in the process Friday night in in Düsseldorf, Germany. “It was a short but interesting fight. I am so happy that I won and want to thank my entire team. I want to fight Felix Sturm now and I know it will be the same result. I have shown the boxing fans that I am the true middleweight champion of the world,” said Golovkin.
“I couldn’t see the shot and I got caught with a big punch. I am feeling OK now,” Lajuan stated after the fight and his first career knockout loss.
Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions added, “We are very happy to have a new double world champion signed with K2. Against Simon he has shown why he is now called ‘Sturm Killer’. It was a devastating knockout and it showed why Gennady is the most dangerous middleweight in the world.”
At the scales for UFC 140, which is headlined by the five round UFC light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida and the heavyweight rematch between Frank Mir and “Minotauro” Nogueira, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Ion Television in the US or Sportsnet in Canada for televised prelims at 7pm ET / 4pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:50 pm ET / 2:50 pm PT.
Jon Jones (205) vs. Lyoto Machida (204)
Minotauro Nogueira (239) vs. Frank Mir (260)
Rogerio Nogueira (204.5) vs. Tito Ortiz (206)
Brian Ebersole (170.5) vs. Claude Patrick (171)
Chan Sung Jung (145.5) vs. Mark Hominick (145)
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Igor Pokrajac (205) vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (206)
Jared Hamman (185) vs. Costa Philippou (185)
Dennis Hallman (158.5*) vs. John Makdessi (155.5)
Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Walel Watson (135.5)
Nik Lentz (156) vs. Mark Bocek (156)
Jake Hecht (170.5) vs. Rich Attonito (170.5)
John Cholish (156) vs. Mitch Clarke (154.5)
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By Gary “Digital” Williams at the scale
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Participants on the Capital Showdown card in Washington, DC hit the scales in front of a packed house at the Carnegie Library directly across the street from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where the card will be held Saturday night.
WBA/IBF Super Lightweight champion Amir Khan stepped on the scale as Khan fans chanted and blew airhorns. Khan weighed in at 139 pounds. The challenger, Lamont Peterson, thrilled his hometown fans when he hit the scale and weighed in at the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds.
The players in the heavyweight co-feature followed. Hometown hero Seth Mitchell will have an almost 20-pound weight advantage when he faces Timor Ibragimov. Mitchell came in at 240 1/2 and Ibragimov weighed 221.
Here are the rest of the weights for the card:
Anthony Peterson 137 vs. Daniel Attah 136
Fernando Guerrero 162 vs. Robert Kliewer 161
Jamie Kavanaugh 135 vs. Ramsies Gil 135
Thomas Williams, Jr. 174 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez 171
Dusty Harrison 144 vs. Terrell Davis 146
Terron Grant 134 vs. Deshawn Autry 134
Joshua Davis 134 vs. Chris Russell 134
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Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (22-0, 19 KOs) scored a devastating first round annihilation of Lajuan Simon (22-4-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Ballsaal Interconti-Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. Golovkin laid out Simon for the count at 2:17 with a devastating left hook. It was the first time Simon has ever been stopped. It was Golovkin’s third defense of the WBA “regular” belt, all by KO. Click here for more photos…
By Ron Jackson
In an untidy and wild swinging affair Macbute Sinyabi retained his South African junior featherweight title when he stopped Thabo Sonjica at 2 minute 27 seconds into the fifth round and in the co-feature Sabelo Jubatha won the vacant South African featherweight title on a fourth round technical knockout over Simphiwe Tom at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night.
Full report to come.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux 159.2 vs. Joachim Alcine 156.4
(WBC International Title)
Adonis Stevenson 166.4 vs. Aaron Pryor Jr. 165.6
(NABA and NABO super middleweight title)
Arash Usmanee 131.2 vs. Antonio Joao Bento 130.2
Eleider Alvarez 174.2 vs. Emilliano Cayetano 170.4
(NABO light heavyweight title)
Oscar Rivas 234.2 vs. Matthew 247.4
Tyler Asseltine 126.2 vs. Philippe Frenois 126.6
Ghislaim Maduma 140.4 vs. Jeremy Abbott 141.2
Baha Laham 129.6 vs. Csaba Toth 127.8
Kevin Lavallee 129.6 vs. Ignac Kassai 126.8
Didier Bence 235.2 vs. Sandy Pembroke 253.6
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel
Former four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr and Max Alexander both weighed in at 193 lbs for Saturday night’s fight at the Civic Center in Atlanta.
Chris Howard 134 vs. Stephan Alexander 133.5
Ryan Coyne 177 vs. Dante Craig 175
Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein, Antonio Tarver and Jim Gray Sound Off On The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic
Through the last two years, no four men have been closer to the action in the Super Six World Boxing Classic than SHOWTIME announcers Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein, Antonio Tarver and Jim Gray. Appropriately, the entire team will again sit ringside on Saturday, Dec. 17 as Andre Ward and Carl Froch battle for super middleweight supremacy in The Final LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Each member of the Super Six broadcast team offered their commentary on the historic bout. Click here to see their comments…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Joseph E. Robert, Jr., a Washington, DC-area billionaire who founded one of boxing’s most successful charity boxing events, passed away December 7 at his home in McLean, VA. Mr. Robert suffered from a glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. Mr. Robert was 59. Mr. Robert, a native of Takoma Park, MD, turned a troubled childhood around by going into the real estate business, launching a successful real estate business in 1981. At one time, Mr. Robert estimated his net worth at one billion dollars. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African lightweight champion Amon Baloyi faces a tough one when he meets Bongo Lipembo from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, near Johannesburg in a scheduled ten round welterweight contest on Sunday afternoon. Baloyi 11-6-2; 8 from the Limpopo Province won the SA lightweight title in May 2008 with a fourth round knockout over Irvin Buhlalu and in August of the same he lost the title to Patrick Malinga on a twelfth round stoppage. He collapsed after the fight and spent some time in hospital after the fight. (more…)
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Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
In its early years, MMA thrived on the unpredictability factor. Anything can—and often did—happen. With so many ways to lose, few fighters had the luxury of cruising to victory.
As the sport evolved, we’ve arrived at the era of the dominant champion. Similar to the days when Mike Tyson lorded over the heavyweight division of boxing, we’ve got fighters like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre dismantling top competition and making it look easy.
It’s not Jon Jones turn.
At just 23 years of age, “Bones” annhilated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua en route to capturing the UFC light heavyweight strap. He looks to close out the year at a perfect 4-0 against former champion Lyoto Machida at tomorrow’s UFC 140. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
After amassing 26 fights in exactly four years, it’s no wonder 22-year-old David Lemieux (25-1 24, KOs) describes himself as a “steaming bull” in anticipation of this Saturday’s match-up in Montreal with former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) after an eight month wait that has seen both a change in management and trainers. But while the wait was needed to make whatever changes that were deemed necessary by the fighter, expect Lemieux to resume the same frantic pace that was the norm before the setback with Rubio. Talk in April from the fighter was about names such as Bute and Martinez while his promoter Yvon Michel was setting his sights on HBO and a platform where the world could better witness the young knockout artist. (more…)
Three-time and reigning WBO world flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs), a dual citizen of the U.S. and Philippines and a 2000 U.S. Olympian, is ready to take on Mexican challenger Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. “I’ve sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other,” Viloria said. “It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn’t have complained. Knockout specialist Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs), a two-time world light flyweight champion (World Boxing Association Super champion), knocked out previously undefeated WBO champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1) in a unification fight in 2010 and again this past April in a rematch before moving up in weight.
Integrated Sports Media, the pound-for-pound king of sports distribution in North America, will distribute the Saturday night “Island Assault 3” for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET, 6PM PT. The event is available on satellite pay-per-view via DISH Network, and on-line pay-per-view at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv
“We’re looking forward to bringing this action-packed card, headlined by two of the best lighter weight fighters in the world, Viloria and Segura, to US boxing fans,” Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. “This exciting show continues the heated Filipino vs. Mexican boxing rivalry that is one of the most intense in the sport today.”
By Ron Jackson
South African junior bantamweight champion Minyakhe Sityatha makes the second defence of his title when he faces Thembelani Maphuma at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Sunday afternoon and on the same bill SA junior welterweight champion Sikhulule Sidzumo defends his crown against Mzolisi Yoyo. Sityatha (12-2, 6 KOs) won the SA title in April this year when he knocked out Unathi Gqokoma in the tenth round and in August he made a successful defense against Mncedi Yokose with an eighth round stoppage. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Pawel Wolak made a right decision to step away from boxing. At least for now,” said Wolak’s manager Cameron Dunkin talking to Fightnews about his 31-year-old fighter deciding to calling quits after losing his last fight to Delvin Rodriguez (26-5, 14 KO) on December 3 in Madison Square Garden.
Were you surprised with Wolak’s announcement?
Cameron Dunkin: No, because before the fight Pawel was very open what he wants to do if he would lose the rematch with Delvin. He said that he will give it all and if it’s not enough, he will stop fighting. (more…)
Hard punching jr lightweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon will be back in action this Saturday in an action pack card to be held at Centro Expositor in Puebla, Mexico. Jardon (19-1, 17 KOs), one of the best prospects in Mexican boxing, will defend against dangerous Japanese challenger Kyohei Tamakoshi (27-7-6 10 KOs) in an international match scheduled for 10 rounds with Jardon’s WBC Youth Jr. Lightweight title at stake. (more…)
Martin Murray has urged WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm to give him an immediate return. The unbeaten Murray held the German to a draw in Mannheim last Friday. Sturm did offer Matthew Macklin a second chance when he narrowly defeated him, but Matthew snubbed that opportunity. Murray, on the other hand, is so desperate for another shot at Sturm he would even make another trip to Germany. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American Referee Joe Cooper will be the third man in the ring when British WBA super lightweight super world champion and IBF super lightweight champ Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) defends against American challenger Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) at the Convention Center in Washington, District of Columbia, United States on Saturday. The judges are: Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), George Hill (US) and Valerie Dorsett (US). The fight supervisor is Paul Artisst (US).
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There once was a time when former world champion Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) was dubbed the “King” by his longtime Montreal promoter Group Yvon Michel (GYM). Alcine was the first world champion produced by the Montreal based promoter but little did Michel know at the time he would end up losing his King to another King, Don King, Alcine’s reign amongst boxing’s royalty would be short lived and his time at the top would quickly fade under the infamous promoter. Alcine who is now promoted by Lou Dibella is intent on getting back some of that lost luster this Saturday as he goes up against knockout artist David Lemieux (25-1, 24 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
If Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs) is to have a chance this Saturday against powerhouse and fellow Montrealer David Lemieux (25-1, 24 KOs), the former champion is going to have exhibit some of the speed, footwork and defense that made him champion when he walked into undefeated Travis Simm’s backyard of Bridgeport Connecticut and came home a champion with a convincing victory. Alcine’s former trainer, Howard Grant, proclaimed earlier this week that the Joachim Alcine he had (circa 2007) would have boxed circles around the young 22-year-old slugger. But Alcine is now over four years removed from that landmark victory and believes that his legs will be key to victory and getting back to a position he once was. (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photos: Delane Rouse-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Amir Khan celebrated his 25th birthday Thursday, and while he got his cake, he’ll have to wait to eat it too. That is, at least, until after his fight on Saturday night in Washington, DC, against Lamont Peterson. While the world awaits for Saturday night, both participants met the media at the final pre-fight press conference inside the Washington Convention Center. It is the same venue that the two will do battle in the main event of HBO’s World Championship Boxing doubleheader. Also scheduled to be on the televised portion of the card will be undefeated Heavyweight, and former linebacker for the Michigan State Spartans, Seth Mitchell, taking on Timur Ibragimov in a 10 round bout. For more details and photos click here…
Alex “El Nene” Sánchez 112 vs. Glen Donaire 111.75
Luis Franco 125.5 vs. Leopoldo Gonzalez 126.5
Luis Torres 150.75 vs. Juan Aguirre 150.5
Amos Cowart 136.5 vs. Cesar Cisneros 133.5
Amir Iman 140.5 vs. Joseph Fernandez 142.5
Nate James 234.75 vs. Curtis Harper 273.25
Reynaldo Ojeda 140.5 vs. Larry Yanez 145.5
Angel Martinez 165 vs. Fadol Louis 164.5
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
By Brett Bonetti
Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (36-3 -1, 24 KOs) is back in action tonight when he faces South Africa’s Virgil Kalakoda (25-6-3) for the PABA & Pan African Middleweight Titles at the WA Italian Club, North Perth Australia tonight. The winner of this fight gains a top 5 ranking in the WBA and will be opened to opportunities for a fight with Anthony “The Man” Mundine or current world champion Austin Trout. Dawson and Kalakoda fought to an exciting draw over 12 rounds in July this year in what many felt Dawson did enough to earn a points decision, however Kalakoda came on stronger during the later rounds to earn the draw. Judges scored that bout 115-113 Dawson, 116-112 Kalakoda, 114-114.
Heavyweight KO artist Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (9-0, 8 KO’s) will be looking for another KO tonight and exciting Super Middleweight prospect Luke Sharp (2-0) is also on the card.
Hear and see what Daniel Dawson and Lucas Browne have to say leading into their fights tonight.
Philadelphia heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers takes on former World Heavyweight Champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich on Saturday, January 21st when the NBC Sports Network (currently named VERSUS) brings its inaugural NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast to the City of Brotherly Love. Making his first hometown appearance since 2008, Chambers, (36-2, 18 KO’s), who learned to fight in Philly’s legendary gyms, will have his hands full when he faces “The White Wolf” of Scottsdale, AZ (25-4, 16 KO’s) at Philadelphia’s Asylum Arena. A former Russian Olympian, Liakhovich is an aggressive, heavy-handed competitor who rarely takes a step backwards and always makes great fights. His epic 2006 brawl with Lamon Brewster, when the native of Vitebsk, Belarus won the WBO Heavyweight Championship, is still characterized by many boxing pundits as the best heavyweight fight of the past ten years. (more…)
2004 United States Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada tipped the scales at 245 lbs. for his comeback fight tomorrow night at the West Warwick Civic Center against spoiler Joseph Rabotte, who checked in at 246 lbs. The Estrada-Rabotte eight round heavyweight fight is the main event of a seven bout card. The event is the first promotion by the newly formed, Rhode Island-based promotional company, Big Six Entertainment. Estrada, Providence, R.I. brings a professional record of 16-4, 4 KO’s into the bout against Rabotte, Atlanta, Ga., 11-18-1, 3 KO’s.
In the a six round co-feature, comebacking former USBA & NABO middleweight champion Brian Barbosa, 29-6, 21 KO’s, weighed 171 lbs. for his battle with New England Light Heavyweight champion Joe Gardner, 171 lbs., 7-3-1, 1 KO. (more…)
InterBox is proud to announce that undefeated IBF Intercontinental Light Welterweight champion Pier-Olivier Cote (18-0-0, 12 KO) will put his belt and perfect record on the line against IBF #6 World rated contender Mauricio Herrera (18-1-0, 7 KO’s) on Friday, February 3rd 2012 on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation. This Gala will be promoted by InterBox in association with Top Rank and Thompson Boxing Promotions at the newly renovated Pavillon de la Jeunesse Arena in beautiful Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will air live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The SHOWTIME televised co-feature bout(s) will be announced in the coming weeks. (more…)
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